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81  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Can you dye with food colour? on: April 17, 2007 04:25:49 PM
OK I know you can dye with Kool aid. All very well but there is no Kool aid in Australia. And I know you can dye with easter egg dye.
But can you dye with food colouring from a bottle? And if so, how?
I buy food colouring for use as ink in my pen because it's a lot cheaper than  ink, and I remember I used to dabble in colouring things with it when I was a kid, but is it possible to dye something permanently?
82  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A man and his horse :D on: April 16, 2007 04:26:39 AM

Unfortunately my brother has command of the camera!
I made a cute horse - I do proportionate plushies see. And the horse is about 30cm high at the shoulder Cheesy very cuddly.
They didn't seem to have any wool felt so I had to choose between 100% acrylic and 100% viscose. I chose viscose. Baaaaad choice - it tore so easily!
But the horse was finished. I did a photoshoot of him in the garden with Grantley (that's the guy) but my brother said the photos were too terrible so he stuck the good ones in a layout. So you can't see all of the horse...but isn't he cute?

EDIT:
Nabbed the photos while my brother wasn't looking! Here's a little more of the horse:


Compulsory "artsy" black and white shot:

Silly ladder shot:

And me with the horse and Grant:

There.
83  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / How do you curl embroidery thread? on: April 05, 2007 07:15:21 PM
OK, I make plushies, and their hair is meticulously stitched in embroidery thread. All of the plushies I have made so far have had straight hair (they're based off real people so each plushie is an original). But if I want to make a plush of someone with curly hair, how do I make the hair curl? Will I have to use another material for hair, or can I make the embroidery thread curl?
Right now I'm trialing hair gel, plaiting the thread (hopefully it will be curly when it unravels) and PVA glue.
Has anyone done this before and can they give me pointers?
84  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Grantley doll! on: February 01, 2007 07:49:23 PM
I've been busy for the last couple of weeks, and have produced Grantley!

He's calico, handsewn...made my own pattern based on photos, measurements and ratios and all that other stuff.
Here's a photo so you can tell what the REAL Grantley looks like.

All the clothes he actually has, except the floral lining was just me being silly Cheesy
This is only the second time I've made one of these and I think I've improved!
85  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Evil me - first post! on: January 27, 2007 01:03:20 AM
I've been doing plushies of people, as proportionate as I can make them.
I did myself first, as a test....pattern drawn up based on my own measurements.
Unfortunately I gave it too much seam allowance and I'm too tall!
But apart from that I'm pretty pleased with Evil Me...I'm doing one of someone else which might be posted later.



Body made from calico, hand sewn, shorts and sandals from painted calico, shirt from t shirt fabric and polar fleece jumper.
The hair is embroidery thread...argh it was so hard to do and didn't turn out terribly well!


That's a back view.

I'd be interested to know what you think as this is my first project of this sort! I've done a lot of sewing before and have done clothes like that for existing toys but I've never tried to sew a person! It was a real learning experience.  
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